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Individuals influencing the direction of the restaurant industry


Restaurant luminaries we lost in 2021

The industry's ranks of innovators were thinned by the passing of these giants.


5 trends we hope will disappear in 2022

With any luck, these ripples will move out of the industry spotlight--and just keep going.

Politics, poorly considered comparisons, bad texts and poorly conceived relief plans: The biggest restaurant blunders of 2021.

A few of these executives jumped on our radar after making a splash in 2021, while others are laying the groundwork for intriguing innovations in the years ahead.

The industry lifer has spent virtually his entire career with the company, rising from a 16-year-old Red Lobster employee to the top post.

King worked for the fast-casual pizza chain from 1990 to 2003 and served as vice president of development.

The Olive Garden parent's leader of seven years will step down in May, but is expected to remain on as chairman. COO Rick Cardenas will replace him as CEO.

The longtime restaurant leader intends to retire in May. Here's how his thinking has influenced a casual-dining giant—if not the industry itself, according to RB's Reality Check.

Michael Stutts will receive $1.6 million in severance pay after his position is eliminated.

Donnie Upshaw, who had served as SVP of people for the fast-casual wing chain, was elevated into the new post to oversee culture and talent management for the brand.

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